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History records and explains the past, and it also affects our future. John Gardner once said "history never looks like history when you are living through it." Studying history is not just remembering facts about the Civil War or the Industrial Revolution; we are living through what history books will be teaching tomorrow.

The United States is an urbanized, industrialized, and technologically advanced culture as a direct result of events from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Many wars were fought, many laws were signed, presidents elected, and influential men and women spoke their minds to get us where we are today.

History can be a good base for careers in teaching, government, and law, among others.

Career Information

A bachelor's degree in History may lead to the following careers:

  • Teachers
  • Archivists
  • Government service employees

A history degree is a good transition to law school. A bachelor's degree in history allows for "opportunities to diversify your educational experience," says Lake Michigan College instructor and program coordinator Dr. Chris Paine. This degree allows you to take courses in many different academic areas. "Law schools recognize the research and writing skills that develop through this program."

Classroom Experience

"I expect students to come to class prepared, ready to pay attention, and open to learn," says Lake Michigan College instructor and program advisor Dr. Chris Paine. "I want students to analyze and understand historical topics, not just memorize timelines." According to Chris, "courses in History will make students more well-rounded and able to appreciate the world around them." In class, you'll work on individual writing projects and small presentations. Essay exams and quizzes will "force students to keep up on their studies. I don't want anyone to fall behind academically," says Chris. Coursework will require analytical thought and critical thinking. read more

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